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(Poets and Poetry in America)

Although William Jay Smith published mainly original poetry for adults and children, he also compiled a number of volumes of poetry, including The Golden Journey: Poems for Young People (1965) with Louise Bogan and Poems From France (1967). He edited numerous books of poetry and adapted the Swedish poetry of Elsa Beskow as Children of the Forest (1970). His publication of Valéry Larbaud’s Poems of a Multimillionaire (1955) and The Selected Writings of Jules Laforgue (1956) established him as an important translator. He translated Two Plays by Charles Bertin in 1970.

In addition to poetry, Smith wrote essays and a study of well-known literary hoaxes and lampoons, The Spectra Hoax (1961). The Streaks of the Tulip, a collection of literary criticism, appeared in 1972. He published Children and Poetry: A Selective Annotated Bibliography in 1969. He has contributed to a vast number of poetry anthologies and has presented television programs on poetry for children.